Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"One Meeeeellion Dollars!"

Yesterday, you learned that Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) is backing the telecomunications bill that will corporatize your internet and gut your ability to be heard in the marketplace of ideas.

Today, Lynn Sweet of your Chicago Sun-Times tells us why Bobby Rush is selling your internet:
An Englewood community center founded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a key player on telecommunications legislation, received a $1 million grant from the charitable arm of SBC/AT&T, one of the nation's largest phone companies. ***

"It is a clear conflict of interest for Rep. Rush to weigh in on this bill," said Sheila Krumholz, the acting executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which researches money in politics. "People can disagree about where to draw the line on contributions and abstaining from votes, but $1 million is definitely over that line."

Rush is the only Democrat to sponsor the "Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006." He has been working with committee chair Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to promote the "Barton-Rush" bill.
But it's still not too late to let Rep. Rush know what you think of his sell out to TelCom Inc.

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